It’s Christmas market season- the time of year when the lure of mulled wine and bratwurst sausages is simply too hard to resist.
In the past, Europe was the place to be for an authentic Christmas market experience, but not anymore. Now, Britain has its own selection of impressive markets, where visitors can find an array of festive refreshments, traditional decorations and gift ideas.
Here are some of the best Christmas markets the UK has to offer.
Opening on the 22nd November for 18 days, the Georgian streets of Bath will play host to over 180 sparkling chalets. The traditional Christmas vendors will also be accompanied by an added artisan market every Saturday, and pop-up chalets to support independent businesses that can’t afford a permanent stall. A different charity will also receive a free chalet for every day of the market.
Paying a visit? Why not try to spot the street decorations, which will all be made from recycled single-use plastic!
For more information, visit: https://bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/the-market/about-the-market/
One of the largest authentic German markets outside of Germany comes to Birmingham every Christmas, and this year its running from the 15th November until the 23rd of December.
With the famous singing Christmas moose (Chris Moose, if you please), mulled wine, bratwursts, brezels, and crisp German beer, the market promises the perfect experience to get you in the festive spirit.
If that wasn’t enough, a big wheel and outdoor ice rink will provide family fun until early January.
For more information, visit: https://visitbirmingham.com/whats-on/christmas
Images: Visit Birmingham and Birmingham Mail
From the 17th November, Edinburgh’s Christmas market will return to East Princes Street Gardens, with traditional vendors selling bespoke gifts, festive refreshments, an ice rink, and a big wheel. The famous Bothy bar will also return to the market, as will the Christmas tree maze and Santa’s Grotto, to ensure the whole family enjoys a great day out.
If you’re visiting Edinburgh at Christmas time, we’d recommend a wander down George Street to see the beautiful lights, including the breath-taking display from The Dome. Every year the restaurant front is decorated in true traditional style, with glowing wreaths of gold and red, and garlands wrapped around its giant pillars.
For more information, visit: http://www.edinburghschristmas.com
Starting from the 9th November to the 22nd December, Millennium Square in Leeds will be transformed into the Christkindelmarkt market, bringing festivities to the City centre with traditional German stalls selling bespoke gifts, food and drink.
Families are also invited to spend time with Santa Claus, as the Bavarian styled eatery, Alp Chalet is offering a breakfast with the big man himself, every weekend from the 24th November.
For more information, visit: https://www.visitleeds.co.uk/thedms.aspx?dms=3&feature=1016&venue=2190133#
Image: Leeds List
Hyde Park Winter Wonderland continues to get bigger and better every year, with new shows and attractions for 2018, and the UK’s biggest ice rink!
To accompany the rows of traditional chalet stalls, visitors can expect a big wheel, fair ground attractions, Santa Land (including grotto), an ice bar, and a Magical Ice Kingdom with themed sculptures.
For more information and to book tickets to the different attractions, visit: https://hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/attractions/
Image: Visit London
From the 9th November to 22nd December, more than 300 stalls will spread across Manchester City centre, with the vendors in Albert Square staying open for an extra day on the 23rd.
Once again, the square will play host to the famous light-up Santa Claus (he even has his own Twitter account), who will perch above the festivities in front of the town hall.
The award-winning market will have all the traditional German refreshments, and will also be offering a selection of food from all over the world, from a Spanish Paella, to a Hungarian Goulash. European and local producers will be offering a beautiful selection of handcrafted gifts, perfect for stocking fillers.
For more information, visit: https://www.visitmanchester.com/shopping/manchester-christmas-markets-p327351
Surrounded by the beautiful history of Oxford City Centre, the Christmas Market will run from the 7th November to the 22nd December. With a heart-warming traditional feel, the market will see Christmas carolling, hand-crafted gift stalls and an abundance of mulled wine!
For more information, visit: https://www.oxfordchristmasmarket.co.uk/
Have we inspired you to take a Christmas Market trip, or are their any great markets in the UK that we haven’t included?
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